Saving Ammo: Caliber Consolidation

With ammunition prices on the rise, I began looking for ways to reduce my costs.  I don't reload, and I have no way to start due to lack of space.  If I had a workshop or garage, that would be different.  So, I did something radical.  I call it “caliber consolidation.”

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5 Comments on "Saving Ammo: Caliber Consolidation"

  1. Brenton Adams | January 22, 2013 at 12:42 am |

    I reload in 650 sq ft. LA apartment with a wife and two cats… If I can make space, so can you.

    I have my press mounted on 2×6 that clamps to the coffee table when needed. All my other tools, trimmers, powder thrower are mounted as well. I have all my gear in a book case cabinet, components in cigar boxes, powder stored in a cool dark closet (the only one) away from heat sources.

    Its only a single stage set up, but it works fine. If I can do it, you can too!

    • The Armed Lutheran | January 22, 2013 at 9:54 am |

      I failed to mention as well, though I have twice the square footage you mention I have 200% more kids, one of whom is just two years old. To reload safely, I would need additional, lockable, fire-proof storage. Storage space is like gold at my house at the moment. Cleaning and storing my guns and storing ammo is enough to worry about. Storage of reloading components adds a whole new level of safety concern that is not feasible at the moment. Maybe once my son goes off to college and I can reclaim his room. 🙂

  2. Ross Taylor | January 22, 2013 at 9:27 am |

    I used to share your view until the recent panic buying began then I quickly realized the most common sizes 9mm for pistol and 5.56/.223 were quickly gobbled up. Looking around I found a spattering of other calibers still for sale. I ordered some 9mm and .22LR in bulk but I can readily find rounds for my 357, 44mag and 380auto.

    Guess what Caliber is always sitting on the shelf. .25, 7mm, and .17?

    Although I’ve stocked up on my most common rounds, I expanded what I can shoot.

    • The Armed Lutheran | January 22, 2013 at 9:57 am |

      That’s awesome. 9mm worked for my collection. If you need to consolidate, it will work out differently for each person, based on your collection and your needs.

  3. Lion_of_Gray | January 22, 2013 at 11:57 am |

    Acute observations and excellent commentary on what really is a useful, practical approach to your gun/ammo collection. One centerfire rifle caliber, one centerfire pistol caliber and rimfire = Lean and Mean.

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